In 1991 world’s 6th largest reserve of coal was discovered in Tharparkar, after discovering 6th world’s largest reserve of coal in Tharparkar district of Sindh, the name of Pakistan was included in the list of 20 countries that are well-known for having natural resources. Nearly above 52% population of Tharparkar consists of Hindus, most families are very poor and along with most of Sindh, literacy rate in Tharparkar is very low. Even living upon the black gold children of Tharis are dying due to malnutrition. Thar drought isn’t new for government and residents of Tharparkar, from a long it has became usual for peoples of Thar to experience drought, along with current PPP’s Sindh Government Tharparkar has always been neglected by both federal and provincial governments, at the time of former Chief minister Sindh, Arbab Ghulam Rahim only long roads like highways were made in Mithi, Umar-Kot, Tharparkar for the vehicles of VIPs.

In PPP’s rule no proper strategy, to address the issues of water scarcity and food stock was ever done. Provincial plus federal Government leaves Tharparkar and nearby areas dependent on monsoon rain, which is extreme negligence, before the magnitude of drought, people started migration from Tharparkar to Mirpurkhas, Umar-Kot, etc, but poor families who can’t afford to travel become the victim of drought. Several children died in recent months due to different disease and malnutrition. People of Thar saw the worst famine in 2014, only in previous year more than 311 children died in Tharparkar in 11 months and death toll is still rising. Government and other international aid agencies should come up with better strategy to eradicate famine like situation from these areas, in this 21st century that should not be so difficult.


Tando Mohammad Khan, January 8.